Love to look at pretty fish tanks? Get thrills and chills when you see a shark? Be amazed with sea lion shows? Find fun in touch me tanks? Well, New Jersey and the surrounding area offers terrific aquariums to enjoy, discover and learn about sea life.
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, 844-474-3474
New Jersey’s waterfront aquarium with over 8,500 aquatic species. Adventure Aquarium is wonderful day trip excursion. Fun for kids of all ages. New for 2018 is the outdoor Penguin Park, home to the African Penguins exhibit, and Explorer’s Cave, an outdoor play area for the younger set to run off some excess energy. Large collection of shark exhibits will give you a thrill. Marvel at crystal clear Fish tanks with all sorts of colorful specimens. Unique exhibits with hippos, turtles, eels and jellyfish. Get a feel for sea life by visiting the Touch tanks, you can even touch a shark. Or, watch a 3D movie in the Aquarium’s 3D theater - sure to entertain.
800 North New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, 609-348-2880
Enhance your shore experience with a visit to the Atlantic City aquarium. Colorful tanks with reef predators, tropical shark touch tank, ocean oddities, fish of the mid-atlantic ocean, moray eels and jellyfish. Good place to spend an hour with toddlers and kids. Right outside the aquarium, spend some time exploring Historic Gardner’s Basin in the Absecon inlet - vistas, views, sightseeing and a crafters village.
300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, 732-892-0600
Jenkinson’s Aquarium is located on Point Pleasant’s boardwalk. Get up close and view exhibits on penguins, seals, coral reefs, sharks. Get educated on marine life and conservation. Good indoor place to bring the kids to get out of the sun.
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY, 631-208-9200
Nestled in the east end of Long Island, this large aquarium has so much to offer. Plenty of indoor exhibits to check out clownfish, electric eels, Octopus, rocky shore fish, crabs, piranhas, seahorses, stingrays and more. Outdoor exhibits include seals, sea otters and penguins.
10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, 203-852-0700
Want to learn about marine life around the Long Island Sound Area? Check out The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. See different aquatic life - crabs, lobsters, mollusks, oysters, clams, game fish, jellyfish, sea turtles, sharks and plenty more! Featured IMAX movies are fun and educational to watch.
55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT, 860-572-5955
Come see the largest exhibit of Beluga Whales in the U.S. - it’s only at the Mystic Aquarium. Discover sea life - seals, sea lions, frogs, penguins, sharks, rays and more! Explore the Mystic Seaport area if you have additional time.
Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 718-265-FISH.
Located right by Coney Island, the New York Aquarium is an iconic aquarium. Year round interactive show featuring sea lions. Experience 4D shows in the theater. See how penguins are fed during daily feedings. Look at colorful fish located in Conservation Hall.
3400 Boardwalk, Wildwood NJ, 609-522-0373
Stop by the Seaport Aquarium, small hidden gem in Wildwood. Get a taste of aquatic life - see sharks, snakes, alligators, moray eels and more.